Upholding the time-honored tradition of the cucina, Mamma's crafts a menu of warming Italian fare in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Savor simple seafood starters such as the fried calamari ($7.99) or mussels marinara ($6.99) before moving mouths to more elaborate entrees. Mamma's veal sorrentina snuggles a fresh cut of veal with prosciutto, eggplant, and mozzarella cheese ($17.99), and the shrimp fradiavolo’s spicy marinara ($15.99) livens up palates and deters milquetoast dates from sampling. Catering to those who prefer circular fare, head chef Eduardo Boteo and his team prepare Mamma's panoply of pizzas topped with fresh ingredients. Weekly dinner and lunch specials are also available for those looking beyond Cucina's core collection.
The menu at Arlon's is even more accommodating than the carryout policy. Spanning classic dishes of American, Italian, and Indian cuisine, everything is available for preparation for gatherings large and small. Submarine sandwiches and stromboli are served among other popular hand-held eats, while entrees include house-made crab cakes and tandoori-style chicken and fish curries. Between all these eclectic dishes, though, the chefs are hard at work crafting their signature dish: thin-crust pizzas made with fresh dough and and a trusty sauce recipe. House specialties include the buffalo chicken pizza drizzled in spicy sauce and bleu cheese, and the seafood pizza, which features shimp and crabmeat seasoned with cocktail sauce and Old Bay.
This quaint, cozy restaurant has a simple formula for a fantastic meal. First, you’ll choose from one of the ten specialty Grano sauces. Try the Calamari Vesuvio, which is a zesty stew of fresh calamari with flavorful garlic, peeled tomatoes, red wine and a special blend of herbs and spices. If you aren’t into squid, try the traditional puttanesca, which has a spicy, tangy flavor complete with olive oil, garlic, capers, anchovies, peeled tomatoes and spices. Then, you’ll choose your favorite pasta from the six available options. When food’s done correctly, you don’t need to overcomplicate things. If you’re dining in, feel free to bring your choice of drinks to complement your meal.
Your family will love La Famiglia. This is some of the finest Italian cuisine you’ll find in all of Baltimore. Dino Zeytinoglu, the owner and manager, used to be the General Manager at Boccacio's, which was one of Baltimore’s most prestigious restaurants before it closed in 2008. Right after Boccacio's closed, Zeytinoglu channeled his talents into opening a new restaurant: La Famiglia. He also brought over a couple other member of Boccacio's that made that previous restaurant so great: Joe Bastianelli, an expert in soups and sauces, and Bert Quinn, a friendly bartender who makes all patrons feel welcome with his natural gregariousness. All the dishes here are excellent, but the one that stands out as a particular favorite has to be shrimp and scallops.
Birroteca in Baltimore is a unique restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine. Ingredients of the delectable dishes are purchased from local sources, such as farmers and vendors. Like any true Italian meal, guests are seated around a shared table where laughter and delighted voices fill the room. Dishes range from rustic to modern, and the alcohol menu has an abundance of Italian wines that pair perfectly with pizza or pastas. Birroteca also creates their own in-house mixes for refreshing cocktails, and offers more than two dozen varieties of beers straight from the tap. Experience the feel of rustic Italy in this old mill building that has stood since the 1800s.
Whether seated on a patio overlooking stretches of grass or within a cozy dining room aglow with hanging lights, guests at Donna’s are treated to an array of tasty, upscale American dishes. The menu boasts a selection that changes weekly and may include quinoa and homemade falafel, five-spice ribs, salmon on cold noodles, or homemade tacos. From the expansive wine lists, guests select a glass of dry sparkling prosecco to pair with pizza or calamari or sip a seasonal cocktail such as the pineapple caipirinha. In addition to crafting delicious meals, the team at Donna’s offers cooking classes, during which they bake rustic breads, make pastas by hand, and quiet the melodramatic death throes of Italian vegetables.